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AV Podcast: Episode 2

podcast_squarePodcast Episode 2: August 19, 2015

In this weeks episode we speak with former Buffalo Bison’s pitcher Daniel Norris about why he spends his spring living in van down by the river. In our Food Feature we have breakfast with Dick and Jenny’s Co-owner Jennifer Benz and talk about how her family got a restart in WNY after Hurricane Katrina. Plus, Best of Buffalo winner, Christina Custode is in our local music spotlight.

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Photo Gallery: Best of Buffalo Awards Party

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Photos by Julie C. Foser from the 2015 Best of Buffalo Awards party, held this past Monday, May 18th. See more Julie’s work at her website, photostudiobuffalony.com.

Congratulations again to all our winners! If you missed this year’s results, you can find them on the Best of Buffalo home page.


Best of Buffalo 2015 Winners List

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Miss our annual Best of Buffalo party at the Town Ballroom on Monday night? Find your 2015 Best of Buffalo winners here! A big thank you all who came out to the party, to our nominees who brought food to sample and entertained the crowds, and of course, thanks again to the thousands of you that participated in this year’s poll.

We’ll have a final wrap-up of Best of Buffalo 2015 on Thursday, in this week’s upcoming issue. If you’d like to review all the nominees, or take a look at the nominees and winners from prior years in the archives, visit the Best of Buffalo home page for more.

Dining Out


Bagel Jay’s


Coles


Fat Bob’s Smokehouse


Charlie the Butcher


Betty’s


Grover’s Bar & Grill


Amy’s Place


Mike Andrzejewski


Public Espresso + Coffee


Joe’s Deli


Dessert Deli


Lake Effect Diner


Paula’s Donuts


Papa Jake’s Saloon


Lloyd Taco Truck


Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza


Kostas Family Restaurant


Anderson’s


Taj Grill


Chef’s Restaurant


Trattoria Aroma


Cantina Loco


Mezza Restaurant & Lounge


(716) Food and Sport


Pearl Street Grill & Brewery


La Nova


Jim’s Steakout


The Liberty Hound


Globe Market


Spar’s European Sausage Shop


Oshun


Gigi’s Restaurant


Globe Market


Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More


Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More


Jim’s Steak Out


Kuni’s


Kuni’s


Sun Restaurant


Merge


Duff’s Famous Wings


Shops & Services


Her Story Boutique


Miss Josie’s Antiques


Five Points Bakery


Tony’s Hair Styling


Bert’s


Talking Leaves…Books


Federal Meats


West Herr


Lesniak Chiropractic


Watson’s Chocolates of Distinction


Excuria Salon and Spa


Western New York Dental Group


Hayes Seafood House


Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market


Room


Dr. James Panzarella


Everything Elmwood


Premier Wine & Spirits


Chez Ann Salon & Day Spa


Terrapin Station


Erie County Medical Center


Mansion on Delaware


Wild Things


Cradle Beach Camp


Premier Wine & Spirits


Resurgence Brewing Company


Explore Buffalo


Blue Collar Buffalo


Modern Nostalgia


CrossFit 716


Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do


Excuria Salon & Spa


American Harley-Davidson of North Tonawanda


Allentown Music


Artemis Tattoo Studio


Dr. John T. Hammersmith


Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market


Delaware Pediatrics Associates


Safety First Nail Spa


Pawprints By Penny & Co. LLC


CowPok


Markarian Rugs


Butter Block


EduKids


Nardin Academy


Lexington Co-Op


Hunt Real Estate


Phatman Boardshop


Campus WheelWorks


Hand Of Doom Tattoo


Second Chic


East Meets West Yoga, LLC

Music


Tim Britt


Jony James


JoAnn Falletta


DJ Charles Masters


90 West


Christina Custode


Paul Athoe


Custode and Parisi


Lew Custode


Paul Athoe


Jim Candytree


Parade Chic


Nietzsche’s


Whiskey Reverb


Super Killer Robots


Shawn Duchscherer


Buffalo Choral Arts Society

Nightlife


Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill


Tom Mistretta


Blue Monk


Voelkers


Blue Monk


Buffalo Proper


Blue Monk


The Old Pink


Club Marcella


Century Grill


The Old Pink


The Irishman


Macky’s Essex St. Pub


Macky’s Essex St. Pub


Town Ballroom


Macky’s Essex St. Pub


Buffalo Proper


Hardware


(716) Food and Sport


Tiffany’s


Buffalo Proper


Tappo

The Fine Arts


Mistress J Kiss


Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


Lehrer Dance


Alicia Blasi


Taylor Burts


Katie Gariepy


Albright-Knox Art Gallery


Benjamin Brindise


North Park Theater


Buffalo Museum of Science


Dreamland


A.J. Fries


Luke Copping


Benjamin Brindise


Shark Girl


Heather “MamaRag” Stack


M&T Bank


Matt Lorentz

People and Places


Bills Fan Thunder


Ride for Roswell


The Old Pink


Canalside


Letchworth State Park


Rob Gronkowski


Canalside


Charles Pellien


@buffalony


Donn Esmonde


Shredd and Ragan


West Side Rowing Club


Don Paul


@TheBillsMafia


buffalorising.com


Downtown Stadium


Canalside


SPoT Coffee


NFTA/Metrorail


The People


The Buffalo School Board


Hope


West Side


Massachusetts Avenue Project


Sabres tanking


5th Annual Operation One-Ton Food Drive by Terror Tech


Terry Pegula


Downtown stadium


The Best of Buffalo 2015 Polls Are Now Open!

bobheader2015blogIt’s that time of year again folks – the polls for Artvoice’s annual Best of Buffalo reader’s poll are now open!

Here’s how it works: Visit best.artvoice.com and sign up for your unique ballot access code. Cast votes in at least 25 categories (there’s 180 to choose from!) Topics include our favorite People, Places, Arts, Music, Nightlife, Shopping and Dining.

You do not need to fill out your ballot in one sitting; you may re-visit your ballot at any time during the polling period to add or change any responses. When the polls close on Tuesday, April 14th we’ll begin the process of tallying the results.

The polls are entirely free-form, so it’s completely up to you, the readers, to decide who this year’s nominees will be. Our only rules are one ballot per person and keep your responses local! Only votes for local people, places, and establishments will be considered. No national chains!


Best of Buffalo 2014 Winners List

For those of you who missed last night’s award ceremony at the Town Ballroom, the list of this year’s Best of Buffalo winners is in! Check back Thursday for the final wrap-up in this week’s upcoming issue. To review all our nominees, or compare this year’s winners with past winners in the archives, visit the Best of Buffalo homepage.

Dining & Nightlife

BEST BAGEL
Bagel Jay’s

BEST BAR FOOD
Coles

BEST BBQ
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

BEST BEEF ON WECK
Charlie the Butcher

BEST BRUNCH
Betty’s

BEST BURGER
Grover’s

BEST CHEAP EATS
Mighty Taco

BEST CHEF
Mike Andrzejewski

BEST CHINESE
Red Pepper

BEST COFFEE
Caffe Aroma

BEST DELI
Joe’s Deli

BEST DESSERTS
Dessert Deli

BEST DINER
Lake Effect Diner

BEST DONUTS
Paula’s Donuts

BEST ETHIOPIAN
Lucy Ethiopian Cuisine

BEST FISH FRY
Papa Jake’s

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Lloyd Taco Trucks

BEST FRENCH
Rue Franklin

BEST BEER SELECTION, BEST FRENCH FRIES, BEST DAY-DRINKING BAR
Blue Monk

BEST GERMAN
Scharf’s Schiller Park

BEST GREEK MEDITERRANEAN
Acropolis

BEST HOT DOG
Ted’s

BEST ICE CREAM
Anderson’s

BEST INDIAN
Taj Grill

BEST ITALIAN
Mulberry

BEST JUICE BAR
Ashker’s

BEST LATINO
Niagara Cafe

BEST MEXICAN/TEX MEX
Cantina Loco

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN
Mezza

BEST NEW RESTAURANT, BEST WINE LIST
Tappo

BEST PANCAKES, BEST VEGETARIAN
Amy’s Place

BEST PATIO
Cecelia’s

BEST PIZZA
La Nova

BEST PLACE TO EAT AT 2AM, BEST SUB
Jim’s Steakout

BEST POLISH
Polish Villa 2

BEST SALAD, BEST SOUP
Globe Market

BEST SAUSAGE
Spars

BEST SEAFOOD
Seabar

BEST SOUL FOOD
Gigi’s

BEST STEAK
Buffalo Chop House

BEST SUSHI
Kuni’s

BEST TAKEOUT/DELIVERY
Partners Pizza

BEST THAI/VIETNAMESE
Sun

BEST WINGS
Duff’s

BEST BARTENDER
Pat Gilmartin, Allen Street Hardware

BEST UPSCALE BAR, BEST NEW BAR
The Lodge

BEST STRIP CLUB
Tiffany’s Cabaret

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A GAME
Mes Que

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL, BEST NEIGHBORHOOD PUB, BEST KARAOKE, BEST JUKEBOX
Essex Street Pub

BEST PLACE TO DANCE
Allen Street Hardware

BEST PLACE TO PLAY DARTS
Gordon’s

BEST LIVE MUSIC
Sportsmen’s Tavern

BEST HOOKUP JOINT, BEST DIVE BAR
The Old Pink

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Century Grill

BEST GAY BAR
Q

BEST BOWLING
Voelker’s Bowling Center

RESTAURANT THIS CITY NEEDS MOST
Better and more vegan and vegetarian joints

The Fine Arts

BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS
Matthew Witten

BEST BURLESQUE
Mistress J Kiss

BEST CULTURAL ASSET
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

BEST DANCE COMPANY
Neglia Ballet

BEST DANCER
Ashley Vita Verde

BEST DRAG PERFORMER
Jimmy Janowski

BEST FASHION DESIGNER
Ali Eagen

BEST GENRE-DEFYING ARTIST
Buffalo ComedySportz, Alrowe Price (tie)

BEST MOVIE THEATER
North Park Theatre

BEST NEW ART SPACE
Pausa Art House

BEST PAINTER
Matthew Patterson

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Mark Callen

BEST POET
Joel Lesses

BEST PUBLIC ART
The canoes at the Albright-Knox

BEST SCULPTOR
Julie Silver

BEST SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
Josh Smith

BEST STANDUP COMIC
Chris Gullo

BEST SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS
M&T Bank

BEST THEATER COMPANY
Irish Classical Theater Company

BEST VIDEO/FILM ARTIST
Tragic Hero Productions

BEST WRITER
Donna Hoke

  People & Places
BEST ACTIVIST CAMPAIGN
Gaunches Unite!

BEST ACTIVIST GROUP
PUSH Buffalo

BEST INDIVIDUAL ACTIVIST
Greg Hinaman

BEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Ride for Roswell

BEST LOCAL BLOG
Buffablog

BEST LOCAL PRINT JOURNALIST
Jeff Miers

BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
Shredd & Ragan

BEST LOCAL TV PERSONALITY
Don Paul

BEST LOCAL TWITTER
@sabres_101

BEST URBAN GARDEN
Massachusetts Avenue Project

FAVORITE LOCAL ATHLETE
Jim Kelly

BEST NEW IDEA YOU’VE HEARD FOR WNY
Keep developing the waterfront

WORST NEW IDEA YOU’VE HEARD FOR WNY
A sports stadium on the waterfront

BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING SPOT
SPOT Coffee on Elmwood

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A SUNSET
Erie Basin Marina

MOST INSPIRING PLACE
Niagara Falls

MOST OVERCOVERED NEWS STORY
The weather

MOST UNDERCOVERED NEWS STORY
The failures of Buffalo schools

THING YOU HOPE WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR
Bills make the playoffs

WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE…
Carl Paladino

AND FEWER PEOPLE LIKE…
Carl Paladino

Shops & Services

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP
Miss Josie’s Vintage & Antiques

BEST AUTO MECHANIC
Towne Motor Car

BEST BAKERY
Five Points Bakery

BEST BARBER SHOP
Vito’s

BEST BIKE SHOP
Campus Wheelworks

BEST BOOKSTORE
Talking Leaves

BEST BUTCHER
Federal Meats

BEST CAR DEALER
West Herr

BEST CD/RECORD STORE
Record Theatre

BEST DESIGN COMPANY
Vinyl Graphics

BEST DRY CLEANING
Colvin Cleaners

BEST FISH MARKET
Hayes Seafood Co.

BEST FLORIST
Maureen’s

BEST FURNITURE/HOME DECOR
room

BEST GIFT SHOP
Everything Elmwood

BEST HAIR SALON
Fawn and Fox

BEST HEAD SHOP
Terrapin Station

BEST HEALTH CLUB
Buffalo Athletic Club

BEST JEWELRY STORE
Aurum

BEST LIQUOR/WINE STORE
Premier Wine & Spirits

BEST MENS CLOTHING
Blue Collar Buffalo

BEST MUSIC STORE
Allentown Music

BEST NEW SHOP
It’s a Mod Mod World

BEST ORGANIC FOOD
Lexington Co-op

BEST OUTDOOR MARKET
Elmwood-Bidwell

BEST PEDICURE/MANICURE, BEST MASSAGE, BEST DAY SPA
Excuria

BEST PET STORE
Elmwood Pet Supplies

BEST PIERCINGS
Cowpok

BEST PILATES/YOGA
East Meets West

BEST PLACE TO FIND COOL T-SHIRTS
Pasteurized Tees

BEST PRODUCE
Wegmans

BEST SHOE STORE
Shoe Fly

BEST SPORTS/OUTDOORS STORE
Turnaround Skates

BEST TAILOR
Chayban

BEST TANNING
Total Tan

BEST TATTOOS
Hand of Doom

BEST THRIFT STORE
Amvets (Elmwood)

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING
Anna Grace

Music
BEST ACOUSTIC ACT
The Leftovers

BEST BLUES ACT
The Poor Boys

BEST CLASSICAL MUSICIAN
JoAnn Falletta

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Deek

BEST COUNTRY ACT
West of the Mark

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC
John Patrick, Igloo Music

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Melody Nardone

BEST HIP HOP ACT
A. J. Jordan the Crescendo

BEST JAZZ ACT
Custode and Parisi

BEST JAZZ MUSICIAN
Bobby Militello

BEST MALE VOCALIST
Jim Candytree

BEST OPEN MIC NIGHT
Nietzsche’s with Josh Gage

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC ACT
Whiskey Reverb

BEST ROCK ACT
Super Killer Robots

BEST ROCK/POP/BLUES MUSICIAN
Shawn Duchscherer

BEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Buffalo Choral Arts Society


Best of Buffalo: Food Dissent

The Artvoice Best of Buffalo 2013 winners were announced Monday, and I suppose it’d be gracious to congratulate the winners, so congratulations. 

But voters, jeez have I got some bones to pick with you. 

BEST BBQ
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

Best BBQ? Fat Bob’s location might be swell, and its food may be passable, and it might have a lively bar scene, but best BBQ in Buffalo? Absolutely not. The best BBQ joint in Buffalo is Suzy Q’s – hands down, and it’s not even a competition. This scrappy little joint up near the GM Powertrain plant is a diamond in the rough, which serves up smoked pork, beef, chicken, and Polish sausage that’ll make your taste buds sing and a grown man weep. 

BEST BRUNCH
Betty’s Restaurant

Not quibbling with this result, although it’s not my first choice. But do people even do brunch anymore? Is this still a thing? 

BEST BURGER
Grover’s Bar & Grill

This is a knee-jerk reaction people have, but it’s totally wrong. Grover’s had burgers the size of frisbees, but although the meat is still big, it’s not like it used to be. At a recent visit, the meat was gray and dry and totally unsatisfying, especially given the lengthy wait. Ruzzine’s Rock Bottom directly across the street is infinitely better.  The Roaming Buffalo makes a fantastic burger. Vizzi’s is good. People swear by the Sterling Place Tavern. But Grover’s? Only in your memories, not in real life. 

BEST CHEAP EATS
Mighty Taco

Mighty Taco deserves to be on no list. It is emergency food; when you’re too broke or too drunk to eat anywhere else. 

BEST COFFEE
SPoT Coffee

If I can make it better at home, it doesn’t belong on a “best of” list. I can make better coffee at home. 

BEST DINER
Lake Effect Diner

I have a problem with Tucker Curtin after his lobbying against the food trucks. I’m not a big fan of rewarding anticompetitive behavior. 

BEST FISH FRY
Papa Jake’s Saloon

Wiechec’s. But really, best fish fry is who can best dip a frozen fish from SYSCO into a Pitco Frialator. 

BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT
Anderson’s Frozen Custard

Are you out of your mind Buffalo? Anderson’s is fine, but my God the ambiance in there is 70s Burger King. The ice cream is ok, but it’s not the best in Buffalo. The best ice cream being made in WNY right now is Lake Effect Ice Cream out of Lockport. They make wonderful, rich ice creams and create innovative flavors.  Get your heads out of your asses. Hell, even for custard, Abbott’s and Hibbard’s are way batter. 

BEST ITALIAN
Chef’s Restaurant

I love Chef’s as much as the next fat white guy, but it’s not the best Italian food in WNY. Not by a long shot. It is a spaghetti parm factory. San Marco (caution: annoying noise)? Mulberry? Lombardo’s

BEST PANCAKES
Amy’s Place

I’m not in college anymore, so The Original Pancake House

BEST PIZZA
La Nova

Not remotely. Romeo & Juliet’s, Trattoria Aroma, Siena, 800 Maple, Rocco’s, La Hacienda of Niagara Falls, Pizza Oven, Elm St Bakery all make pizza that’s head and shoulders above La Nova’s floppy stuff. 

BEST SUBS, BEST PLACE TO EAT AT 2AM
Jim’s Steakout

I don’t know from after 2am, but the best subs are at DiBellas and Weggies

BEST STEAK
Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More

There’s room for improvement. 

That’s it. Get it together, Buffalo. Don’t make me tell you how to vote next year. 


Best of Buffalo 2013 Winners

For those of you who missed last night’s award ceremony at the Town Ballroom, the list of this year’s Best of Buffalo winners is in! Check back Thursday for the final wrap-up in this week’s upcoming issue. To review all our nominees, or compare this year’s winners with past winners in the archives, visit the Best of Buffalo homepage.

People & Places

BEST ACTIVIST GROUP
PUSH Buffalo

BEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Ride for Roswell

BEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Allentown Art Festival

BEST INDIVIDUAL ACTIVIST
Aaron Bartley

BEST BLOG
BuffaBLOG

BEST PRINT JOURNALIST
Jerry Sullivan

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
Shredd & Ragan

BEST TV PERSONALITY
Don Paul

BEST TWITTER FEED
Kevin O’Neill (@kevinbuffalo)

BEST NEW IDEA YOU’VE HEARD
Rock climbing at the grain elevators

BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING SPOT
Anywhere on Elmwood

BEST PICNIC SPOT
Delaware Park

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A SUNSET
Canalside

BEST NEXT MAYOR
Byron Brown

MOST OVERCOVERED STORY OF THE YEAR
The Corasanti trial

MOST UNDERCOVERED STORY OF THE YEAR
The Tonawanda Coke trial

Art & Artists

BEST ACTOR
Vincent O’Neill

BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER
Mistress J Kiss

BEST CULTURAL ASSET
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

BEST DANCE COMPANY
Lehrer Dance

BEST DANCER
Ashley Vita Verde

BEST DRAG PERFORMER
Jimmy Janowski

BEST GENRE-DEFYING ARTIST
Buffalo Comedy Sportz

BEST MOVIE THEATER
North Park Theatre

BEST PAINTER
A. J. Fries

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Mark Callen

BEST POET
Celia White

BEST SCULPTOR
Julie Silver

BEST SPOKEN-WORD ARTIST
Josh Smith

BEST STANDUP COMIC
Kristen Becker

BEST SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS
M&T Bank

BEST THEATER COMPANY
Irish Classical Theatre Company

BEST UP-AND-COMING ART SPACE
The Vault

BEST VIDEO/FILM ARTIST
Crimson Pestilence

BEST WRITER
Donna Hoke

Shops & Services

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP
Miss Josie’s Antiques

BEST AUTO MECHANIC
Hart’s Service Station

BEST BAKERY
Five Points Bakery

BEST BARBER
Vito’s Cut & Style

BEST BIKE SHOP
Campus Wheelworks

BEST BOOKSTORE
Talking Leaves…Books

BEST BUTCHER
Federal Meats

BEST CAR DEALER
West Herr Automotive

BEST CD/RECORD SHOP
Record Theater

BEST DAY SPA, BEST MASSAGE, BEST PEDICURE/MANICURE
Excuria Salon and Spa

BEST FISH MARKET
Hayes Fish Company

BEST FLORIST
Maureen’s Wholesale Florist

BEST FURNITURE/HOME DECOR
Room

BEST GIFT SHOP
Everything Elmwood

BEST HAIR SALON
Leon Studio One

BEST HANDYMAN/WOMAN
Will Peck

BEST HEAD SHOP
Terrapin Station

BEST HEALTH CLUB
Buffalo Athletic Club

BEST JEWELRY STORE
Wild Things

BEST LIQUOR/WINE STORE
Premier Group

BEST MENS CLOTHING
O’Connell’s Clothing

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS/EQUIPMENT STORE
Allentown Music

BEST NEW SHOP
Buffalo Adore

BEST ORGANIC FOODS SHOP
Lexington Coop

BEST OUTDOOR MARKET
Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

BEST PET STORE
Elmwood Pet Supplies

BEST PIERCINGS
CowPok

BEST PILATES/YOGA
East Meets West

BEST PLACE TO FIND COOL T-SHIRTS
Pasteurized Tees

BEST PRODUCE
Wegmans

BEST SHOE STORE
ShoeFly

BEST SPORTS/OUTDOORS STORE
Gear 4 Adventure

BEST TANNING PARLOR
Total Tan

BEST TATTOOS
Hand of Doom

BEST THRIFT SHOP
Amvets (Elmwood)

BEST WOMENS CLOTHING
Anna Grace

Dining & Nightlife

BEST BAGEL
Bagel Jays

BEST BAR FOOD
Cole’s Restaurant

BEST BBQ
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

BEST BEEF ON WECK
Charlie the Butcher

BEST BRUNCH
Betty’s Restaurant

BEST BURGER
Grover’s Bar & Grill

BEST CHEAP EATS
Mighty Taco

BEST CHEF
Mike Andzejewski

BEST CHINESE
Red Pepper

BEST COFFEE
SPoT Coffee

BEST DELI
Joe’s Deli

BEST DESSERT
Dessert Deli

BEST DINER
Lake Effect Diner

BEST ETHIOPIAN
Lucy Ethiopian Cuisine

BEST FISH FRY
Papa Jake’s Saloon

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Lloyd Taco Truck

BEST FRENCH
Rue Franklin

BEST FRENCH FRIES, BEST BEER SELECTION
Blue Monk

BEST GERMAN
Scharf’s Schiller Park

BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN
Kostas Family Restaurant

BEST HOT DOG
Ted’s Hot Dogs

BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT
Anderson’s Frozen Custard

BEST INDIAN
India Gate

BEST ITALIAN
Chef’s Restaurant

BEST LATINO
Niagara Cafe

BEST MEXICAN/TEX-MEX, BEST TAKEOUT/DELIVERY
Cantina Loco

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN
Falafel Bar

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Remington Tavern

BEST PANCAKES
Amy’s Place

BEST PATIO, BEST PLACE TO WATCH A GAME
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

BEST PIZZA
La Nova

BEST SUBS, BEST PLACE TO EAT AT 2AM
Jim’s Steakout

BEST POLISH
Polish Villa

BEST SALAD, BEST SOUP
Globe Market

BEST SAUSAGE
Ulrich’s Tavern

BEST SEAFOOD
Seabar

BEST SOUL FOOD
Gigi’s Restaurant

BEST STEAK
Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More

BEST SUSHI
Kuni’s Sushi Bar

BEST THAI/VIETNAMESE/BURMESE
Sun International Foods

BEST VEGETARIAN
Merge

BEST WINGS
Duff’s

RESTAURANT THIS CITY NEEDS MOST
More Mexican food

BEST ABSOLUT BARTENDER
Jimmy Destino, Crazy Jake’s

BEST BARTENDER
Jon Karel, Vera

BEST BOWLING
Voelkers Bowling Center

BEST DIVE BAR, BEST HOOKUP JOINT
Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink)

BEST GAY BAR, BEST PLACE TO DANCE
Club Marcella

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Century Grill

BEST JUKEBOX, BEST KARAOKE, BEST NEIGHBORHOOD PUB, BEST PLACE TO THROW DARTS, BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL
Essex Street Pub

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE, BEST OPEN MIC NIGHT
Nietzsche’s

BEST NEW BAR
Mes Que

BEST STRIP CLUB
Tiffany’s Cabaret

BEST UPSCALE BAR
Snooty Fox

BEST WINE LIST
Just Vino

KIND OF BAR THIS TOWN NEEDS MOST
A big dance club

Music

BEST ACOUSTIC ACT
The Leftovers

BEST BLUES ACT
The Jony James Blues Band

BEST CLASSICAL MUSICIAN
JoAnn Falletta

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Cutler

BEST COUNTRY ACT
West of the Mark

BEST DJ CREW
Spooky Business

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Christina Custode

BEST HIP HOP ACT
AJ Jordan

BEST JAZZ ACT
Custode & Parisi

BEST MALE VOCALIST
Jim Candytree

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC ACT, BEST ROCK ACT
The Albrights

BEST SOUNDMAN
Kenny Maggs, Nietzsche’s

BEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Buffalo Choral Arts Society


A Handful of Best of Buffalo Photos

All photos by Cy Alessi




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